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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,568 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,568
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 236
Gots: 648 | FT: 20
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick, black, creamy pour not one ounce of light peeking through this glass. Dark rich coffee colored head. Literally looks like a Starbucks espresso. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Espresso, vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate.

T- Semi sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, faint alcohol bite at the end.

M- Thick, creamy light carbonation.

D- This is a heavy beer. The alcohol is hidden very well, the taste is remarkable but the overall weight of the beer would make it a good sipper after dinner. Would last me a good hour.

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is one of the darkest I have had. It is completely black with a deep brown finger thick head. It resembles a thin motor oil.

S: It has a strong aroma that boasts a hearty helping of chocolate and roasted malts. There is a definitive coffee presence as well. The smell is incredible and completely invigorates the nostrils.

T: This beer has an incredible taste. The coffee flavor has a strong prescence with some slight chocolate notes. There is an overall roasted character that accompanies the flavors as well. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a little warm on the end with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is well balanced. Not too heavy, but has a nice body to hold up the great flavor profile.

Overall this is an incredible beer. It would probably make it into my top 10 list of best beers I have ever had and definitely one of the best imperial stouts I have had. I am anxious to try the other versions of the Yeti.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with the Oak Aged Yeti.

Bottled on date: December 21/09

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown/black in colour with a small amount of espresso coloured head.

S - Chocolate with some coffee and sweet molasses and licorice in the background. A nice, complex nose.

T - The nose is reversed in the taste: heavy coffee flavour with some chocolate. No discernible alcohol taste. Some sweet molasses and bitter hops in the background.

M - medium body, some carbonation.

D - A very good RIS. The hops become more prevalent as I continue to drink this & it is a little hoppier than I like for a RIS, but otherwise an excellent beer.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Big, black and oily. Dark tan head. Imperial stout perfection here. You can see the high abv in the way that the lace falls.

S: Roasty, campfire type smells. Smokey wood and malts. Chocolate and coffee aromas. Malts are sweet with a touch of vanilla and a marshmallow like aroma. Rich, roasted malts on the foreground. Sweetness on the back end. Not too much of a bitterness on the nose.

T: Bitterness comes through on the palate in the form of dry cocoa. Wow this is complex. Some burnt wood, tobacco and oaky flavors. Good amount of bitter hops here, IBU is pretty high. In fact, this is one of the hoppier RIS's I've had. The sweetness on the nose doesn't come through, but the big roasty bitterness is very pleasing.

M: A bit astringent, tongue and the roof of the mouth dry out. A lot of hops for an RIS. Would like more of a malt backbone, but I certainly can't complain about the flavors here.

D: The drying effect of this beer makes it quite a sipper, would certainly play a game of poker while enjoying one or two of these. Fantastic beer, just needs time to be enjoyed.

Photo of AgingWarrior
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black into my snifter. The pour produced a finger of reddish brown head that layered nicely and provided some excellent lacing.

Smells like licorice, coffee, molasses and chocolate. When I took the first whiff, I knew it was going to be a good experience.

Lots of coffee and chocolate on the front, more of a molasses taste on the finish. Very nice! No alcohol burn in this brew, outstanding for a 9.5% ABV.

Thick and creamy mouth feel, it's so nice, you almost want to forgo the swallow.

I could have drank a couple more of these, but at 9.5% ABV, it probably would have put me under.

Great brew! Highly recommend!

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: Feb 03 2010

A. Pours like thick motor oil with a dark head that rests for a brief moment before it fades into the abyss.
S. The roasted coffee scents hit my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. The roasted malt scents of coffee and chocolate are very strong. Carmel malt sweetness also shines through.
T. Coffee and sweet caramel upfront. Dark fruit flavors are present, but subtle. Toward the end some nutty flavors come out and dominate the aftertaste. As the nutty flavors emerge, there is a brief moment where the alcohol is more evident, but it is still well hidden. The swallow also brings some bitterness, which helps the brew continue its coffee drinking experience.
M. Dense with a medium level of carbonation.
D. This ranks up with Old Rasputin, one of my favorite imperial stouts. I'm glad I finally got around to trying it; I'll need to hunt down some of the aged versions of this as well as a six pack to cellar.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium chalice deep black with a two finger dark tan head with good retention and great lacing all the way down. The smell is of rich carmel and chocolate notes. There is a slight alchol presence in the nose. The taste is of rich carmelized malts. There's also some cocoa in there just like the nose. No noticable alcohol burn for this high of a abv. The mouthfeel is smooth and finishs slightly dry.

Photo of chaz01
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Thai Nine Restaurant in Dayton. Served in a tulip glass.

A: Rich, dark and thick with a generous foamy brownish/tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma.

T: Huge coffee flavor with notes of charcoal and burnt toast in the finish that nicely lingers for a long time.

M: Very thick full bodied and chewy in the mouth with low carbonation.

D: Very much a sipping beer, and I can see this on a cold winter's night. But the coffee flavor was dominant for me, and maybe a bit too much for my particular taste to enjoy this on a regular basis. I even asked the bartender if by chance this was the expresso oak-aged version of Yeti, but as far as we could tell, it was not. Still a wonderful full flavored imperial stout.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown color; no light - even on the edges. Poured a thick 2 finger chocolate head with fair retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Lots of toasted malts; burnt caramel, espresso and bitter coffee. Some hop character in the background.

T: Very consistent with aroma with the caramel flavors a bit more pronounced. Mellow bitter espresso in the middle that lingers in a mildly bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation (but in a good way). Smoother than many RIS's and a little alcohol bite.

D: Definitley a sipper, but a flavorful beer. Well worth experiencing.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at a tasting held by the esteemed DVelcich. Between him and StoutFest, we had some crazy good beers. This is reviewed from notes.

This poured very dark, almost black. The head was tannish white with almost a greyness to it. The lace was present, but unimpressive.

Smells like any imp stout should smell... Big roasty chocolate notes with coffee kicking the back end. This actually seems to have a much hoppier presence than I remember this beer having, and in checking the bottled on date we find it isn't even a month old yet.

Taste hits just like nose, bitter chocolate, like baking cocoa, and some coffee notes that taste slightly unfresh. I also pick up a little bit of soy sauce, which is quite off-putting. It actually really hurts the taste in my opinion, because after 2 sips when I narrowed in that soy sauce flavor, it has become all I can focus on. Very tough to pick up on the other nuances of the beer when all I can think about is how much I hate soy sauce. If it wasn't in there, then this could be much higher in taste and in drinkability. I just can't see myself drinking this one very much. The mouthfeel is spot on, with great carbonation and a nice full thick robust body.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter... dark black color with a two-finger tan head. Looks fucking amazing. Easily one of the best looking beers I've seen in a while.

It smells of bitter chocolate, a little dark roast coffee as well... very nice.

The taste is more of the same... the chocolate flavors stick to the tongue more than any other. There is a nice coffee aftertaste to it as well. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever tried. I'm really enjoying this one so far.

It's a shame the closest I can find this one is Houston, but I'll be sure to look for it next time I'm there to get some more.

Photo of alcurtsinger
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

Appearance- Beautiful black and completely opaque. About 2 finger brown head.

Smell- Roaster Aroma, along with a chocolaty smell and a hint of alcohol.

Taste- Very hoppy, but also alot of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

Mouth feel- Smooth, creamy, and somewhat carbonated

Drink-ability- One bomber is more than enough for me. I'm new to RIS's and I would not want drink a lot of this.

Photo of slaintemhor
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had a January of '09 12 oz. bottle of this that I found "hiding" at a local market. The colour was ebony with a thick khaki head. The aroma was tangy with brown sugar, molasses and Caramello. On the palate, a coating, viscous body with a smidge of hops, roasty malt, booze, a creamy cafe au lait character, and a long bitter cream and salt caramel finish. Yowza!

Photo of WickedSluggy
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber drank from a large wine glass. This beer was bottled in late Febtuary. It is now early May.

A - Very black with brown lacey brown foam.

S - Piney hops, roasted aroma, "dark fruit", alcohol.

T - Throw out the book - this beer screams "to know me is to love me." I'm sold. First of all, this is a HOPPY imperial stout. Hops flavor is big and really colors the flavor filling in any potential mild spots. There's nothing understated about this beer.

M - Big and silky. Great body. A mouth is not enough - if I were wealthy I'd swim in this beer.

D - A total pleasure.

Photo of FloppyDog
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick jet black with a quarter inch deep mocha head. As dark as they come.

Aroma is of chocolate, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol (but in an enjoyable way that lets you know what this beer is capable of).

Taste knocks you back with that chocolate malt sweetness coupled with a hop bite that mingles in with the alcohol quite well. Lingering chocolate on the back of the tongue for 10-20 seconds after it is swallowed.

Mouthfeel is extremely viscous...a real plus when it comes to imperial stouts.

Overall, one word: delicious!

I highly recommend trying it if you come across one!

Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber review, recorded in early 2009 and transcribed from my RateBeer ratings.

Pours jet black with a fairly large tan head and good lacing.

Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate on the aroma. Very rich.

Has most of your standard American RIS flavors: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Also adds vanilla, slight bourbon, and more hop bitterness than usual.

Full-bodied and very smooth palate.

A very good beer, but doesn't quite stand up to something like AleSmith Speedway Stout. A very solid (but not standout) imperial stout overall.

Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, 2.5 finger head, dark caramel color. Head diminishes to about one finger but sticks around for quite a white, moderate lacing. Pours a very dark brown.

S: Smells like dark caramel. Slight coffee/espresso scent in the back of the nose as well. Fair amount of malted barley coming through, although there actually seems to be a bit of hops coming through.

T: Flavor matches the smell quite well. Caramel malts are strong but not overpowering, and well balanced with slight hoppiness. There is a nice sweetness and mild espresso flavor on the finish. Delicious.

M: Great smoothness, moderate carbonation doesn't hurt flavor, but adds to the experience.

D: Very drinkable stout. One bottle per person might last a little while, but split between two people may not be enough unless this is a dessert beer.

Fantastic! Definitely recommend this for Imperial Stout-lovers

Photo of PDXHops
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber with a bottled-on date of 02/03/10, poured into a Duvel tulip.

An enormous dark tan head leaves plenty of sticky lacing as it slowly fades. Plenty of burnt and chocolatey dark roasted malt in the aroma with a definite hoppiness looming.

I was happy to find this so soon after trying the disappointing (to me- overpowering coffee) espresso version. As I suspected, the base beer is pretty damned good. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and a bit sticky, allowing the bitter sting of hops and burnt malts to linger in all the right places. Excellent balance between roasted and sweet flavors. Molasses, toasted wood, a touch of sherry. A bit boozy and citrusy in the finish. It's a little raw, but tasty, and I bet it gets even better with age. Picking up a few bottles to cellar is certainly tempting considering the very reasonable price point.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep dark brown, and chocolate head, with decent lacing.

S: Big notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Faint amount of coffee and fruit in the background.

T: Great combination of dark chocolate, nice and roasty with malt. Some caramel and dark fruits are floating around in there, and a tiny bit of coffee and hop bitterness that is much appreciated.

M: Very smooth, creamy, almost milkshake category. No sign of 9.5% ABV here.

D: A pleasure to drink, ABV is so well hidden. It's hard not to drink it fast, but slow it down a bit and enjoy.

Photo of brewdub17
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Completely black with a tan head and some dark tan hues within the lacing and head.

Smell: Bold and great. This beer throws many flavors at you simultaneously.

Taste: Dark roasted malt flavors come and then settle with the bitterness of hops. Amazing amounts of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick feeling but drinkable and definitely palatable.

Drinkability: Because it is so thick it might not be as drinkable as others. My senses would go numb if I were to drink a few more.

Photo of endovelico
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into stein.

Appearance: Beautiful mousse creamy brown head. The brew itself is near jet black. Even when pouring the liquid is incredibly dark. Unperceived effervescence. Some lacing and decent head retention.

Aroma: Relatively intense aroma of cacao, chocolate, vanilla, coffee on the frontend and hops, honey and dark fruit complexity on the back.

Taste: Flavorful. Nice complexity and layering. Cacao, sweet chocolate, coffee, earthy, smoky and some dark fruit. Tasty but could use some smokiness.

Palate: Silky and creamy. Light carbonation. High bitterness. Full bodied. Perfect palate, great play on the tongue. Alcohol doesn't get in the way.

Drinkability: Fits the style. Alcohol well hidden. Interesting, relatively unique and tasty.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a small brown head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts characterized by molasses and dark chocolate.

Tastes of the big roasted malt flavor with some bitterness. Flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee come through. Citrus hops make an appearance and add a delicious bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and has a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of pwoody11
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes:

Poured a jet black w/ tan head.

Aroma is a little pungent. Picking up fudge, espresso and hops as well in the nose.

Taste is rather complex. Chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee and pine. Heat was a little heavy for my liking, but not so heavy it detracted from the overall flavor profile.

Great brew. Can't wait to re-visit soon!

Photo of emmasdad
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, almost opaque black color, with some beautiful mocha colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol and earthy hops. On the palate, deep, dark roasted chocolate, alcohol and a bit of fresh brewed coffee. A wonderfully balanced, easy to drink imperial stout.

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep dark black color, even on the edges it is dark black. Huge full, thick, creamy dark tan head with great retention with a lot of sticky lacing left over.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, malt, molasses, and caramel. Also some licorice, cocoa, mocha, and a hint of rum soaked dark fruit. A touch of fudge sweetness and a background of bitter and tartness.

T - Rich roasted chocolate and dark malt makes up a lot of the flavor. A fair amount of woody and earthy flavors, licorice, coffee, and some dark fruit. Also some caramel and toffee malt. Pretty standard stout flavors, some bitterness and some tartness. Alcohol is pretty present. Good amount of pine and earthy hops as well.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Slick, viscous, and velvety feel, and a very slight drying finish.

D - Between the hops and the strong roasted flavors this is a little too bitter and unbalanced for a stout for me to really enjoy more than one. It would just be a little harsh on the palate especially given the alcohol taste, also at 9.5% ABV it wouldn't be wise to drink too many. The body definitely makes it easy to drink though, and it is enjoyable to sip on.

Notes: Nice beer that is a good, hoppy stout. Not one that particularly blew me away, but a solid offering. Does have a lot of strong roasted flavor (most of the flavor components have a roasted taste to them). I would try it again if it were a reasonable price, but I won't really be searching for it.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,568 ratings.